Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Book Tour - One Perfect Day

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Perfect Day

FaithWords (October 22, 2008)


Lauraine Snelling

Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers to one another.

The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Perfect Day, go HERE

Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.

Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.

Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.

This was such a good book. I breathed a tiny sigh of relief once I got past the I-know-something-awful-is-going-to-happen-and-I-wish-it-would-hurry-up-so-I-can-quit-dreading-it part! But it was a heartrending book to read as a mom. Lauraine Snelling takes you back and forth between the two families, grieving with one and rejoicing with the other. It was indeed a beautiful story of the gift of hope and the new lease on life that organ donation can provide. And having an 18-year-old niece who underwent a liver transplant at the age of 7 months, I am thankful for those who make this difficult decision in the midst of such heartbreaking sorrow. I'm also grateful that the author did not leave the family in their sorrow, however, but portrayed them walking through the dark days of grief- each member of the family in his or her own way - and finally beginning to find healing. My only mild frustration with the book was that it seemed to end a tad abruptly, as if the author had reached her maximum word limit and had to quickly bring both families to their concluding resolutions. But that is just a minor detail and does not attract from the overall appeal of the book. I recommend this book, and I recommend keeping a tissue box nearby!

Happy Reading!


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VaQueenBee said...

This sounds really good! I'll have to look for it.

bp said...

This one sounds great. I will put it on my to read list.

Nana 2 four said...

Oh how I love a good book! I just found your blog and can't wait to read your previous posts and catch up. I hope that you will take a cruise by mine also. It's fairly new, but I hope you enjoy it as a work in progress (like me).

Beth Herring

Mel said...

This sounds like a tear inducing book, which is never a bad thing.

Rhonda said...

Hmmmm. This one sounds really good.

Our Four Sons said...

I just borrow this book from the library and can't wait to read it. Lauraine Snelling is a great author!

I need to finish Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin first because it is on request at the library.